Haruki Murakami has become a global sensation with books like “A Wild Sheep Chase”, “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle”, “1Q84”, “Norwegian Wood”, “Kafka on the Shore” and so on. Although he writes in Japanese, but his books have been translated into more than 50 languages all over the world. And here’s why you must read a Murakami book at least once in your life:
#1 It gives words to even your most complex feelings
Have you ever felt something that you found impossible to put into words? Well, a Murakami novel might help you with that. Haruki Murakami can give words to even your most bizarre feelings.
#2 You begin to enjoy solitude
The amazing things happening to solitary characters in the novels will make you begin enjoying your solitude (if you don’t already enjoy it).
#3 You become more observant
You begin to notice small details that you previously probably would have ignored. Like the underground passageway just behind the street you lived or that strange girl in the green cardigan whom you often see in the restaurant.
The best thing about a Murakami novel is that it engages you and makes you think. You begin to introspect even more.
#5 It’s engaging and thought provoking
The most wonderful aspect of reading a novel by Haruki Murakami is that it makes you want to stop and think, and at the same time you can’t stop yourself from turning the page or taking a sneak peak at the few chapters ahead.
#6 Full of life lessons
There is lot that you can learn about the weirdness of life from his books. And trust me he does make sense.
#7 Familiar strangeness
I do admit that all the characters in his novels are strange but aren’t all of us strange in our own ways with our strange worlds inside our heads.
#8 A different perspective on the world
Every Murakami novel you read makes you see things as well as yourself a little differently. It might introduce you to the parts of yourself that you didn’t even know existed.
#9 Poetic explanations
The descriptions in his novels are so incredible that they almost sound poetic. He describes even the most mundane things with such beauty that you begin to wonder if you’ve been living with your eyes closed all this time.
#10 The quest for identity
Almost every Murakami novel deals with the characters’ quest for identity in an intricate and mysterious world.
#11 A treat for the music lovers
Haruki Murakami novels introduce you to beautiful works of music (if you were unaware of them) ranging from jazz and classical to pop. If you want to explore his world of music, www.haruki-music.com is just the place for you.
#12 The Ethnicity
Murakami describes a lot about Japan and its culture. You may not be physically present there, but his writings will transport you mentally to the serenity of Japan. Not just the nature, but you can acquaint yourself with the authentic culture and even within the narration you can unwind history.
#13 The Uniqueness
All the characters and the plots are very unique. The characters are very well researched. Everything in the books sync in and everything progresses with fluidity. Nothing seems unreasonable. It will inspire you to be unique too.
#14 Full of emotions
The emotions that will empower you while reading Haruki Murakami’s novels are real. You can find parts of you in different situations.
So head on to your nearest bookstore or just order a book online and dive into the mysterious world of Haruki Murakami.